Iran, P5+1 continue 6th round of nuclear negotiations

Photo: Iran, P5+1 continue 6th round of nuclear negotiations / Iran

Tehran, Iran, Jul. 6

By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

Iran's Deputy Foreign Ministers Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Mjid Takht-e Ravanchi are scheduled to hold a meeting with Helga Schmid, a deputy for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, in Vienna on Sunday afternoon.

The meeting is part of the sixth round of nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported on July 6.

Delegations from both sides are trying to finalize the text of a comprehensive nuclear deal within the next 20 days.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described this round of talks as a unique opportunity to make history.

Araqchi said on June 30 that the West's excessive demands is a major obstacle to the progress of nuclear talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.

"The nuclear negotiations cannot proceed on the basis of illusions," Araqchi said, Iran's IRIB News Agency reported on June 30.

He furthered advised the other side to adopt a realistic viewpoint.

"There's no disagreement over uranium enrichment inside Iran," he said, adding that the two sides only need to reach an agreement over the level of enrichment.

"Iran wants all sanctions lifted in the shortest possible time," Araqchi explained.

The P5+1 group is consisted of Russia, China, France, Britain, and the United States, plus Germany.

Iran and the six powers - the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany - have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear energy program, Press TV reported.

The two sides inked an interim accord in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. The next round of talks is to start in Vienna on July 2.

On June 18, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the two sides had started drafting a final deal despite the remaining "fundamental" differences, adding that if the other side shows political will, a comprehensive accord could be reached.

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